By Tom Ballato
Noah Barnett is a 6-foot-10 power forward/center from Australia. He is an intriguing prospect that has a unique skillset for his size.
Barnett first started playing basketball when he was 11 years old and competitively at the age of 14. “Some of my biggest influences are my parents, coaches, and friends. They’ve taught me many skills and guided me to where I am currently. I have some really good people around me. I am very thankful for all my coaches who put their time towards my development,” he said.
The young prospect currently plays for the Sutherland Sharks Basketball Association (U18s Division 1 and U23s Division 1). He has excellent footwork, rebounds, blocks shots, and works well in the pick and roll. Barnett also has range on his shot and can shoot from outside the arc.
There is still plenty of room to grow for Barnett. He has used this season to improve and develop other areas of his game. “My footwork offensively in the post, and my ability to catch and shoot from outside the 3,” Barnett said, speaking about what he wants to improve in his game.
Barnett is in his senior year of high school. Basketball has resumed in Australia, but only one of his seasons continued. The U23s team finished out the season, but the U18s got called off due to concerns over Covid-19.
He will be part of the 2021 recruiting class and is looking for an opportunity to play in the United States and continue to develop as a player.
Barnett has junior college offers already with interest from D1/D2 colleges. Regardless of the route he goes, Barnett will be a name to keep an eye on.
Playing basketball at the next level, motivates Barnett to keep working harder. He hopes to visit the colleges showing interest in him but is uncertain if he will.
Expect a decision from Barnett later this year or early next year. We’re excited to see him unlock his potential at the next level.